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Carole R. of Montana
Going to SD. Will count the certain
types of car's that go by. Older models like the
Jane S. of MO
In the car traveling my girls and
I always played the Alaphabet game; looking for sign starting with A through
Z - the one who got them all first won - we usually had to skip X - I usually
helped my youngest as she was 6 years younger but eventually she got good.
Kimberly D. of Tennessee
I always like to have plenty of
"Fun & Exciting Family Time"!!!!
Catherine Ann R. of Michigan
Have a family poetry contest, with
other families at your campsite. Each family judges the poems from another
Jim C. of Texas
have everyone make a list of places
they want to see ,, draw cards --- high card picks ,, drops out ,, do it
again ,, everyone gets a pick
Kimberly K. of Kentucky
My family vacation activity idea
is to create a box or container of some sort for each person. While everyone
is sitting enjoying each other and the beach or whatever scenerio, each
person opens there box or container.Inside are goodies they love, prints
that relate to their life, notes you always wanted to say to them, anything
that has a very special meaning they will never forget.
Leann G. of New York
Since money is tight this year,
my son and i are having a stay at home vacation. We made a plan to visit
local attractions and have dinner for two at different cultural resturants
and then scrapbook our experiences.
Viveca G. of Louisiana
AT HOME: Throughout the year, collect
different types of kits like sewing or models, and buy drawing tablets
and pens/pencils/ charcoals to draw with. At the onset of summer vacation,
have each child pick an activity (Child Craft Encyclopedia is an excellent
source to begin a child drawing). Teach them how to do crafts of all nature
(just because it's sewing doesn't mean it's just for girls).
Shannon L. of Illisnois
My mom used to teach my sisters
and I how to cross-stitch when we were looking for something to do. We
would be hooked for days!
Lynn G. of British Columbia
We like to go camping because this
way all the time is spent together makeing the most of our time together.
With my husband gone for work all the time we find this very important.
Marge F. of Colorado
A trip to Calif to spend time with
my grandson making and solving our own jigsaw puzzles. Puzzles are made
by decoupaging a picture onto stiff carboard, cutting them in various shapes
and letting him put the pieces together with just a little of Grandma's
Helen W. of Illinois
The first thing we do is we make
sure everyone picks up after themselves. It is a Family Vacation. It is
also for the parents too. If one has to pick up we all have to. This way
the family can have all the fun they like. We then spend time at the amusement
parks and zoos. We also go site seeing like visit the caves and beaches.
Brenda C. of Ma
Go on a day trip specificly to find
rocks from different areas and find out how different they can be it would
be educational and fun.
Donna P. of Florida
My idea is a geocache hunt, check
out www.geocache.com for more information. Make sure you bring your own
goodies to leave when you find a cache, and sign the sheet saying that
you were there. Nice way to get to know an area where you might not wander
and fun to do and find as well.
Marci P. of Florida
Living in Florida is wonderful....
however, we often have afternoon thunder storms that take away half the
day). On of the things the kids and I do during that time is to sit down
and tell stories about my life (or my husband's), our grandparents or parents.
They have heard about my grandfather being a WWI fighter pilot and getting
shot down (and surviving), how he met my grandmother, how my grandmother's
father nearly disowned her when he saw them riding in a car togheter (this
was 1920, my grandfather was the first person to own a car back then in
Carbondale, PA) and on and on. The stories give them a look into the past,
into our family history and how things are so different.
Sarah B. of Conneticut
An inflatable beach ball is the
perfect toy in a hotel room...it folds flat, takes up no room, is lightweight
enough to cause no damage, and is a novelty...when else can you play ball
inside? Sit a child on each bed, and play keep it out of the "moat"...the
floor between the beds.
Kelly T. of Missouri
Kids love to hunt for things. We hide pennies, candy and small prizes in several yards in our neighborhood. Each child gets a sheet with clues to where things are hidden. The kids are given 1 hour to find everything, anything that is not found is left for the adults to find, but they have to do it at night with flashlights. I'm not sure who has more fun the kids or the adults.
We divide the car up into two sides
drivers and passengers. We pick a certain phrase such as " We are on our
way to Florida to have fun". Each team can only use the street signs on
their side of the car to complete the phrase. You pick letters from the
street signs you see to complete the phrase but you are limited to one
letter per sign. The team that completes their phrase first win.
Christy D. of Georgia
When my kids were younger and we
took family vacations, they used to keep a journal during the trip. Even
children who are too young to write can still draw a picture of something
that caught their eye. To encourage them to look around and participate
in this activity, every night at dinner we would all share our journal
entries and talk about what we had seen and done that day.
Darija V. of Michigan
Bring a camera with you at all times.
Ask a person around you to take a picture of the family. This way no one
gets left out. Then ask the person taking your picture if they would like
you to take their picture.
Mark P. of North Carolina
We love to play i-spy with our kids.
Lynn C. of Texas
My husband has started a new job
and will not have vacation time coming until Fall, 2005. His schedule allows
him 4 days off in a row every other week. This summer we will be taking
some close to home vacations. One vacation I am in the process of planning
is a backyard vacation. I am planning to spruce up all our old lawn furniture,
the kids outside lawn toys (balls, bats, etc.
We love to take car trips together
as a family. When we spend time in the car on vacation we always check
out books on tape from our local library. My sons are 15 and 11 so we look
for books that are juvenile literature. My husband and I enjoy listening
to these as much as our sons do. With tapes we don't have to worry about
loosing a signal or driving out of range of the station. We can also control
the content of what our children listen to. Usually we stop after every
chapter or 2 to talk about what we've heard and prepare ourselves for the
next section of the book. If possible I try to find books that contain
something about some of the places we may visit on the trip or about the
time frame our destination focuses on. These trips become really pleasurable
and the boys will often ask to get back in the car so they can hear the
next part of the story.
Amy H. of Texas
Make up a story together, write
it down, and then have it "published" so you will always have a keepsake
of that time.
Jane S. of Missouri
When we were traveling and girls
were young, we played the alaphabet game. You start with "A" and go through
alaphabet. Each person has to look at signs, etc. for words starting with
letters. First person to get through alaphabet wins. It helped them pass
Judy S. of Kentucky
When we go on vacation we play a
game called Road signs.
Nancy P. of Florida
We go camping. It's a great way
to get away from it all & enjoy nature together. We work together to
make meals, build fires & ride our ATV's. Sometimes we read to each
other & tell stories. It's a good way to get away from technology &
really spend quality time together. We go as often as our schedules allow.
Tonya M. of Georgia
Our library has a great selection of books on tape or cd, from the classics to best sellers, so we can check out a couple of those for a six hour trip & it seem like only a few hours. And you can't beat FREE entertainment!
No matter where we go we always
bring a bag with all our favorite card games for those days that we can't
or don't want to go out.
Eleanor N. of North Carolina
Before leaving on vacation have
each family member research and write a page about the state you are going
to visit. Take turns reading the pages while driving or flying. The state
will become more interesting the more you know about it.
Christy D. of Georgia
My daughter is a teenager now so
it's tough to keep her focused on "family time" activities on vacation.
We discovered her interest in scrapbooking so a large block of time is
alloted to searching for souveniers for her book, places to take great
family pictures, and magazines or newspapers from local areas. It makes
vacations fun for her and bearable for us and the searches usually lead
to more fun activities!
Jack L. of Arizona
Get books on tape to pass the time
while driving cross-country.
Kat B. of Florida
Take a bag , brown paper bag is
good, and add small toys out of your kids room in it. When they get bored
while traveling give them a bag and let them guess what they are feeling
in the bag. As they guess tell them to write it down on the outside of
the bag. Then later they can dump the bag and see how many they got right.
For safety reasons on my youngest
kids that couldnt really talk yet, i would take a permanent marker and
write my cell phone number on the bottom of their shoe along with their
name and mine. It made it out of sight so no stranger would see their name,
but in case of a child getting seperated it gave something for the child
or adult to go by to get in touch with me. And when the trip was over i
would remove the info easily with alcohol , if it hadnt already been worn
On our last trip to the beach there
was no one else on the island that day, yet, so kids pretended we were
"Survivors". What they didnt realize was they were cleaning the beach of
debris as they were gathering their 'treasures'. Driftwood became a fake
fire up by the tree line, old washed up boards became benches, an old tshirt
became the camp flag, and the best was the old styro cooler we made into
a table so we could play tic-tac-toe with seashells!!! When we were done
we deposited everything in the trash/recycle bins appropriatly, and the
kids didnt even fuss about picking it up because they had already done
so in fun earlier , without even realizing it.
When in a different city and we
cant decide what to eat, we will all pick a different place that has 'take-out'
or 'drive-thrus' and get a meal at every one of these places, then take
it back to the motel, rest area with picnics,or a local park and we will
all swap and trade. Kids love this!
Colleen G. of New Jersey
My parent's live in Florida and
my family is in NJ. My kids and I drive down twice a year, airfare is too
high. In order to make the trip bearable here are a few hints to keep your
kids happy on the road.
Lisa M. of Maryland
While traveling, (in day light hours)
have your children see how many different license plates they can find
and if they are small let the parent write the names down, it it is night
time have the children look for cars with only one headlight and the one
to guess the most wins a small prize. thia i did as a child and it helps
the time pass faster, enjoy Lisa
Patti D. of Indiana
Everyone in the family, gather things
that mean something to them. Either make a shadowbox or a scrapbook of
those items- a wonderful memory of that trip!
Lisa D. of Nevada
Shell Necklaces and Pictures
Start by gathering as many sea shells
as you can.
Punch holes carefully in the shells and then string them on the fishing line. when it is full tie a knot in it and wear.
Sea Shell pictures
Burlap or bamboo place mats or a
piece of wood 8X10
Start by placing your shells in a pleasing or abstract manner. Then pick up each piece and glue it down. You can also add drift wood, Pumice, sand and sea glass.
Remeber too to write the Beach and the date on the back of your Picture.
If you go to the Forest or else
where just adapt it to fit. There are always intresting things to gather
all over the world so have fun and enjoy your Holiday!
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